Mary Aslanian

DVM, DACVECC
Mary Aslanian
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency & Critical Care
Mary Aslanian

Dr. Mary Aslanian received her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Angel Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Following her internship, Dr. Aslanian completed a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified in emergency and critical care by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Aslanian has a strong interest in coagulation, sepsis, shock, wound management, nutritional support, and any life-threatening and critical care case.

 In her free time, Dr. Aslanian can be found cycling, trail running, and playing soccer around the DFW Metroplex. She's the proud owner of a 11-year-old cat named Shammy. Veterinary medicine was a natural fit for Dr. Aslanian as it allowed her to combine her interests of science and animals. She joined the VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic team in June 2016.

Emergency & Critical Care

While your general practice veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in handling emergency and critical care for your pet. An emergency and critical care specialist typically works in tandem with your general practice veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

What Is An Emergency and Critical Care Specialist?

A board certified specialist in emergency and critical care is a veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in treating life-threatening conditions. An emergency and critical care specialist can help in the following kinds of cases, among others:

  • Traumatic injuries of all kinds
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Poisonings
  • Animals in need of blood transfusions
  • Animals in shock
  • Coma or severe seizures
  • Diabetic Crises 
  • Acute or severe illness

How Can I Find A Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care for My Pet?

If your veterinarian does not handle after hours emergencies, then he or she probably already has a referral relationship in place with a local or regional emergency hospital. You can also look for emergency specialists in your area on the ACVECC website. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when and where to refer you and your pet for emergency or critical care is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.

When Does My Pet Need Emergency Care?

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing or severe coughing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object, drug, poison or unknown substance
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Blood in vomit, feces or urine
  • Severe vomiting, retching, or diarrhea
  • Swollen, hard or painful abdomen
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Prolonged heat exposure, overheating or heat stroke 
  • Snake bite

What Is Critical Care?

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition are required. Many emergency and critical care facilities offer 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets and, just as in human hospitals, may have dedicated Intensive Care and Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU). Such facilities are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Such facilities also typically have advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Many emergency hospitals work on a referral basis with general practitioners. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after-hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of the emergency and critical care specialist for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner veterinarian for follow up and routine care.

VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic

4444 Trinity Mills Road, Suite 202

Dallas, TX 75287

Main: 972-267-8300

Fax: 972-267-8301

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Sun: Closed

Fax Number:

972-267-8301

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